Chelsea has finalized the signing of Monaco defender Axel Disasi for an undisclosed amount.
The 25-year-old has signed a six-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at the club until 2029.
Disasi was linked with Manchester United and Newcastle United earlier this summer. But Chelsea emerged as the frontrunners for his signature. They have now formally announced the transfer for a fee believed to be around £38.7 million.
Disasi, who was born in the Paris neighborhood of Gonesse, began his career with Paris FC and made his debut in the French second division in 2015. Following his move to Reims, the centre-back helped the team achieve promotion to Ligue 1 as champions at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Following a successful Ligue 1 season, he moved to Monaco. Disasi went on to make 129 appearances for the Monegasques in all competitions, catching the attention of France head coach Didier Deschamps.
Disasi got the call for the 2022 World Cup. He made his international debut against Tunisia, becoming the first French player to do so since 1966.
Axel Disasi officially becomes Chelsea Player now
The 25-year-old would return to the event twice more, as France reached the final and as runners-up.
Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Abdul Baba Rahman have all left on a permanent basis.
Disasi’s signing strengthens Pochettino’s central defensive options, which had been weakened by Wesley Fofana’s long-term injury, as well as the departures of Koulibaly and Azpilicueta.
After joining Monaco from Reims in 2020, the France international played 129 games and scored 10 goals across all competitions.
The 6ft 3in defender started every Ligue 1 game last season, appearing 49 times in total across all competitions, and his performance earned him a call-up to France’s World Cup squad in Qatar.
Disasi made his international debut at the tournament. He appeared three times, including a late replacement cameo in Argentina’s final defeat.